I am not a stranger to the road and have quite enough experience on road trips. Seems here in Colorado you spend a lot of time road trippin from place to place. But this summer we are headed home to No. Virginia for 3 weeks. I have a little wiggle room as far as route goes but do want to get there timely. I realize Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma are pretty much going to be the same (I have made the cross country straight through trip 3 times) But this time I am looking for something different in about 3 days leaving on a Saturday. I am a photography buff and this is a Mother/Daughter (15yrs) trip...so I am hoping for some cool landscape, history photos-I like old stuff. So far I have book lodging the first night in Omaha but this can be changed...but since we will be headed back in 3 weeks via Johnson City Tenn. I figured we would go south a bit on the way back.
I haven't been north and would love to do that...But will it cost me in time to head any further north than Chicago and come down? Have never been to Chicago but really don't want to end up in grid lock...but would love to see the shore there. So any thoughts on back roads, small towns, ideal country to see on the way to DC? I really don't like touristy things....I am an off the beaten path kind of traveler who like unique over much anything.